HIV

Interview 26

Female
Age at interview: 35
Age at diagnosis: 33

Brief outline: Her medication (lamivudine, efavirenz and ddI) brought her viral load down to undetectable, but she has had some side effects like loss of memory, tiredness and nightmares. She does get depressed at times, but has a faith that God is helping her. (Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

Background: A 35 year old woman who came to the UK 3 years ago. She found out she was HIV positive in 2003, and her visa to stay has now expired.

Audio & video

Age at interview' 35

Age at diagnosis' 33

Sex' Female

Background' A 35 year old woman who came to the UK 3 years ago. She found out she was HIV positive in 2003 when she visited her GUM clinic. 

Outline' A 35 year old woman who came to the UK 3 years ago. She found out she was HIV positive in 2003 when she visited her GUM clinic. Her visa to stay has now expired. She believes she will be unable to obtain anti-viral medication if she is deported. She feels fortunate to have a solicitor helping her, although she is unable to work because of her immigration application, and does not receive benefits. She is dependant on her current partner for financial support. Her combination therapy (lamivudine, efavirenz and ddI) brought her viral load down to undetectable and she currently has a CD4 count of 320. However, side-effects have included loss of memory, tiredness, nightmares and loss of appetite. She does get depressed at times, but has a strong faith that God is helping her, and that she will live to old-age. She plans to have a baby with her partner.

(Video and audio clips read by an actor.)

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